newsletter is dedicated for a refuah shelaima for all the Israeli soldiers and to all those in need of a complete
and speedy recovery.
Friends of Operation Refuah,
I would like to thank all of you for joining Operation
Refuah, a worldwide grassroots organization that promotes
Ahavat Yisrael · Love for one's fellow Jew - in an attempt
to bring merit to the ill and bountiful blessings to
the world over have expressed their enthusiasm for Operation
Refuah. Mr. Saul Behr of South Africa says, "I think
that Operation Refuah is an admirable initiative, and
I believe that it can have a profound effect on this
world." States another volunteer, Dr. Art Segal of South
Carolina, USA, "The idea of love for our fellow Jews
regardless of where or how they worship and for Shalom
Bayit in the Jewish community is spreading due to the
pamphlets and posters of Operation Refuah."
of every one of is making a big differennce in this
world by increasing Ahavat Yisrael.
of you have been kind enough to distribute our brochures,
posters, and scrolls in your communities, which serve
as reminders to practice the mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha
Kamocha - Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. (If anyone
would like brochures, posters, or scrolls for their
community please e-mail us
Jews from Austria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil (thank you,
Mr. Versiani!!), Canada, England, France, Gibraltar,
Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, the United
States, and Uruguay have signed our "Chaverim Kol Yisrael
- All Jews are Friends" scroll/petition thereby signifying
their renewed commitment to the mitzvah of V'Ahavta
L'Reyacha Kamocha. M.A. Jacobs, our volunteer in Israel
who goes to the Kotel every Rosh Chodesh to read the
names from our scroll and pray for the ill in the merit
of those who have dedicated themselves to the goals
of Operation Refuah, explains, "It's a very special,
rewarding, and satisfying feeling to read the names
and be part of the effort. People go to the Kotel for
many different reasons, but when I take the names to
read there I get the feeling that I'm taking all the
people behind those names and all their aspirations
with me." For the text of the scroll (or to sign your
name and country) see our website e-mail us.
have participated in our cholim name-exchange project
where tzedaka has been given in the merit of someone
else's loved one - a most meaningful way to fulfill
the mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha. (A very special
thanks to a very special woman in England who has graciously
given tzedaka and prayed for numerous cholim.) One woman
wrote to us about her mother, whose name was given to
another Jew so that tzedaka could be given in her merit, "I believe that because of you and people like you she
is doing better..." For further information on this
project please e-mail us.
compassion that we show toward each other through practicing
the mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha has tremendous
potential to bring good things for all of us. We would
like to share a special "V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha
Moment" that we received at our world headquarters:
ago a speaker who I had heard previously and briefly
met was coming to speak in my community. Even though
it meant going by myself (something I loathe doing),
I decided to go and hear her. I was sitting at a table
with many other women, acquaintances, and new faces,
and as I am rather reserved I just sat I my 'emotional
lonely corner' feeling like a sore thumb. Anyway the
speaker arrived and proceeded to go to her place in
the front. As she did, she passed me, recognized me,
and just put her hand on my shoulder. Well that small
- what she might consider insignificant - gesture cheered
me up not only then but whenever I recall the incident.
So Ahavas Yisrael is the small things as well as the
mind-blowing ones (like establishing a fantastic organization)." Top ^
is a short story to inspire us to continue our
efforts toward fulfilling the mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha
one occasion, when Rabbi Finkel (of Lithuania, 1849-1927)
was leading the congregation in prayer, he kept stumbling
on the pronunciation of words. Those present were amazed,
since Rabbi Finkel always pronounced each word precisely.
The congregants soon understood the reason for the Rabbi's
uncharacteristic difficulty. There was a mourner in
the synagogue who had difficulty reading Hebrew, and
when he read from the prayer book, people laughed or
smiled. In order to lessen the mourner's embarrassment,
Rabbi Finkel acted as if he could not read any better. (From
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, 1977, published
by Aish HaTorah, Jerusalem)
stories and others reflect the words of Operation Refuah
participant James K. Feldman of Ohio, "Any Jew can do
a mitzvah for any other Jew at any time - it is only
necessary to indicate to G-d a willingness to serve
and then look around for that special moment. An opportunity
will present itself every time!" A much admired Rabbi
once said, "We must never overlook - indeed rather greatly
emphasize the so-called 'small and unsophisticated'
things that each modest congregation, moreover each
individual, can and must do - beginning with the old,
yet ever-anew, Jewish way, collectively as one people
and also as individuals...."
LET US ALL CONTINUE TO HELP TURN THINGS AROUND....BOTH
AS ONE PEOPLE AND AS INDIVIDUALS!!!
the very best,
Sheila Nashofer, Editor
newsletter is dedicated to a refuah shelaima for Menachem
Mendel ben Batsheva Rochel and to all those in need
of a complete and speedy recovery.
I would like to welcome all the new subscribers to our
email newsletter and at the same time thank the many
kind individuals who have already participated in Operation
Refuah in numerous ways.
As you are aware, Operation Refuah's goal is to promote
Ahavat Yisrael (Love for one's fellow Jew) through hands
on projects that promote the mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha
Kamocha (Love your neighbor as yourself). We know that
this mitzvah is considered to be the very foundation
of our Torah and thus has tremendous potential to bring
good things to our world.
"Rx FOR THE SOUL"
Hot off the press is our latest poster entitled "Rx
for the Soul" - V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha.· We
all know how important it is to take good care of our
physical body, but we must not neglect our essence -
our soul. The mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha
will not only keep our souls in "tip top" shape but will also benefit others around us.
Operation Refuah is also distributing a complimentary "Klal Yisrael Prescription Memo Pad." This
unique pad reminds you to make "V'Ahavta L'Reyacha
Kamocha" a part of your day and is great for jotting
down mitzvahs (good deeds) you hope to fulfill each
day! (Ed. Note: At this time, the pads are "out of stock.")
Chaverim Kol Yisrael scroll continues to circulate and
grow worldwide. This unique scroll states that we are
indeed One People with One Heart and One Soul. All who
sign on agree to focus on the mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha
Kamocha in their daily interactions in an attempt to
bring bountiful blessings to Klal Yisrael, including
refuah (recovery) to all who are ill. Please check the
Operation Refuah website for full details on how to
add your name and have it read at the Kotel.
TZEDAKA FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVED ONE
brochure contains a ten-point suggestion card on ways
to fulfill the mitzvah of "V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha"
daily. The brochure also offers the opportunity to participate
in our "cholim name exchange project" whereby
tzedaka is given in the merit of a refuah shelaima (complete
and speedy recovery) for someone else's loved one -
a true fulfillment of Ahavat Yisrael.
A SMILE TO A FELLOW JEW
the Operation Refuah campaign by mailing us a get well
or friendly greeting card that we will distribute to
hospital patients, nursing home residents, and the homebound.
Knowing that someone else cares can really brighten
up someone else's day.
LIGHT UP THE WORLD!
with fellow Jews the world over by lighting Shabbat
candles this Friday (check candlelighting time in your area) and praying for blessings for Klal
Yisrael and refuah for all who are in need of recovery.
May the light of these candles spark peace and harmony
around the globe.
YOUR SPECIAL MOMENT
invite you to share your "V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha
Special Moment" with us. Write us about an incident
where someone did this mitzvah for you and made a difference
in your life (or day!). With your permission, we will
print some of the anecdotes we receive on our website
as well as in Operation Refuah newspaper articles. You
may remain anonymous if you wish.
are a few special moments that will hopefully inspire
you to create some of your own:
my daughter was nine months old, I sprained my ankle
so badly that I couldn't put much weight on it. Although
I was able to take care of her, there was a period when
I couldn't put her into or lift her out of the crib.
Friends organized themselves to come before and after
her naps and lift her for me. These were clearly busy
people who came just to lift her for me. As a mother,
I'd like to believe that my daughter was so cute that
they came just for the privilege of holding her, but
I know they were motivated more by a desire to help
me than by the opportunity to hold my baby. Their acts
of kindness made a trying time more manageable.
day in school I noticed my friend walking around with
a lot of hats, in and out of boxes. It seemed that it
was "hat day" that day and all the children
were supposed to come to school wearing a hat. I asked
my friend what she was doing with so many hats. And
this angel replied, "I am going around the classrooms
to see if any children forgot their hats at home. If
so, I am happy to loan them one of these hats for the
helping someone can be difficult....but keep in mind
this thought of Rabbi Z. Pliskin:
you are trying to do good deeds and difficulties arise,
realize that the difficulties actually serve to increase
the merit of your good deeds."
AHAVAT YISRAEL WE HAVE THE POWER TO TURN THINGS AROUND
- TO CHANGE SORROW INTO JOY AND DARKNESS INTO LIGHT!
All the very best,
Sheila Nashofer, Editor
Operation Refuah Newsletter
This newsletter is dedicated to a refuah shelaima for Alta Chana bas Breindel and to all those in need of a complete and speedy recovery.
Dear Friends of Operation Refuah,
We would like to share with you a very exciting event that took place this past Tisha B'Av. On this day, thousands of people who visited the Kotel (Wall) were able to sign the Operation Refuah scroll and their names, in addition to the names generated through this website, were brought and left at the holiest spot at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The Chaverim Kol Yisrael scroll, which reaffirms that we are indeed One People with One Heart and One Soul, is one of Operation Refuah's many projects that encourage a rededication to the mitzvah considered to be the very foundation of our Torah - V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha (Love Your Neighbor as Yourself).
We at Operation Refuah felt that Tisha B'Av, a day in Jewish history that is replete with tragedy and misfortune, was a most auspicious time to make this declaration of Achdut (Unity) and Ahavat Yisrael .
We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers both in the United States and in Israel who made this event and other previous events possible: Mrs. Susan Roth, Mr. Ron Antoci, Mr. Effie Lahav, Mr. Yisroel Cohen, Mrs. Sheila Nashofer, Mr. Alex Flomin, Mrs. Doreen Czinn-Aaronson, Mrs. Hadassah Goldsmith, Mr. and Mrs. M. Jacobs,, Mr. and Mrs. S. Polsky, and Rena Cohen.
To date, we have received names for our scroll from the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Gibraltar, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay.
If you have not signed our scroll , please do so on our website or by
e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. On our website you will also find our brochure and posters. If you would like complimentary copies of any of these items for yourself or to distribute in your community, please let us know and we will be glad to send them to you. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to all those who have already distributed our material in their neighborhoods.
SEND A CARD AND WARM A HEART!
On our website you will notice a new opportunity to send get well wishes to hospital patients, nursing home residents, and others who are homebound. If you do not have access to the web, please e-mail us at email@example.com for more information about this project so that you can add a smile to someone else's day!
SHARE YOUR SPECIAL MOMENT!
As always, we encourage you to send us your special V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha moment...when someone made a meaningful impact on your life by fulfilling the mitzvah of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha. Your anecdote will serve as an inspiration to others as well as show how this mitzvah has the awesome power to turn around someone else's life for the good!
We would like to share with you a beautiful gesture of V'Ahavta L'Reyacha Kamocha that we received from an Operation Refuah participant:
"I can't remember the details, but I'll always remember the feeling: I was walking through Nachlaot in Yerushalayim, just a little bit lost but not worried about it. I felt good to be in Yerushalayim, and Nachlaot itself is a special place. As I walked and wondered what direction I should be going, I saw an older woman walking in the other direction. I considered asking directions, but decided against it. Instead, I smiled and greeted her with one of those "meaningless" remarks asking how she was. I thought I was doing something for her with the greeting. She responded with a smile and started telling me that she was fine, great, in fact. She said G-d had blessed her with so much, and she even told me some of the blessings. (There was nothing unusual, just life.) Then she walked on. After meeting her, I all but skipped onward. She had given me such a feeling --- I was almost flying."
One's simple words can have a very positive impact on someone else's attitude. Here is another anecdote that shows how NOT saying anything can also make a difference:
"Someone once gave Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895-1991) a ride in his car from his home to his yeshiva. As Rabbi Feinstein was leaving the car, the driver accidentally closed the door on his fingers. Despite his great pain, Rabbi Feinstein did not emit a sound and calmly proceeded to the door of his yeshiva. Some of his students who had witnessed this rushed over to assist their teacher, who was obviously suffering. One of them asked Rabbi Feinstein why he did not say anything to the driver. 'He was kind enough to drive me to the yeshiva. How could I embarrass him?' he replied." (From LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, quoting the book BASTION OF FAITH).
We would like to close with the special thoughts of Coby, a very talented singer and great supporter of Operation Refuah:
"Over the past years I have done numerous concerts throughout the US and various parts of the world. I have tried to dedicate at least one song to Operation Refuah during each show, however not every show is conducive to this due to time constraints and such. I do want you to know, however, that over the past years mentioning Operation Refuah time and time again has truly had a profound impact on me in that I am cognizant of the mitzvah of ahavas yisrael each and every day now. I want to thank you for bringing a mitzvah that was in the back of my mind to the forefront where it belongs. I will, bli neder, continue to mention the organization and its importance whenever I can."
Thank you, COBY, for your kind words!
We invite not only singers but all of you to continue to spread the message of Ahavat Yisrael in your communities because THROUGH AHAVAT YISRAEL, WE HAVE THE POWER TO TURN THINGS AROUND!
All the very best,
Sheila Nashofer, Editor
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